What is faith?
We talk about faith all the time, but what is it? Do you know what faith is? Of course you do, right?
Are you sure?
Maybe a better question to ask is, “Do I have a Biblical definition of faith?”
Contrary to what you may have heard, faith is not wishful thinking or some sort of spiritual currency that you trade for heavenly favors. Nor is faith something you manufacture through sheer determination.
So what is faith?
Here’s my definition: Faith is knowing and trusting your Father’s love. Faith is resting in the confident assurance that God is good and he longs to be good to you.
What, too gushy? Not Greek enough for you?
In the original language of the New Testament, there is a family of words that are translated as faith (pistis), believe (pisteuo), trustworthy (pistikos) and faithful (pistos). Then there is another family of words that can be translated as unbelief (apistia), unbelieving (apistos), disbelief (apeitheia),…